Items of interest to heritage teachers

Radio spots: 90 second history stories

This from the Montana Historical Society newsletter:

The Society has a new radio program called History Half-notes airing Monday through Friday following the national news on Helena radio station KCAP, 1340 AM at 8:00 a.m.  Interpretive historian Ellen Baumler has thus far written and recorded sixty ninety-second scripts. The short notes include myriad topics about people, places, and events of local historical interest. History Half-notes began airing in October 2004. KCAP is a corporate member of the Montana Historical Society.

It sounds like a good idea for a special project grant: creating a half-dozen or so scripts and recording them for a local radio program. We would be glad to put them on our website, where they can be streamed at any time.

Posted by Michael L Umphrey on 01/04 at 09:41 AM
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2005 Montana Heritage Project

New grants from PPL

Those of you who applied for special projects grants may want to use the work you did preparing them to submit applications to a new grant opportunity for grants ranging from $1,000 to $10,000. They specifically mention after school programs and arts education as areas they want to fund--those of you working with video or websites might be able to pick up some dollars.

PPL has announced that will award $200,000 in 2005 in three major “quality of life” areas: education, environment and economic development. It says the grants will go to nonprofits, but its application also accepts grants from government agencies.

They envision that the grants – ranging from $1,000 to $10,000 – will improve the quality of education, enhance the environment and bring jobs and new tax revenues to Montana through improved economic development.

My experience is that new grant programs like this aren’t too competitive at the beginning. Here are the criteria. Here is the application.

Posted by Michael L Umphrey on 01/04 at 08:50 AM
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October Conference Reminders

If you haven’t done so already, you might mark your calendar for two different October conferences. MEA-MFT will be in Helena, October 21, 22, and 23. The packets that you just received showed you the range of Project-based sessions that you and your colleagues are presenting there. We’ll also have a double booth this year with a bottomless coffee pot and a little more space for meeting and talking. Second, the Montana Historical Society’s annual Montana History Conference is October 28, 29, and 30 in Whitefish. Jeff Gruber will speak, and Beth Beaulieu and Dan Kohnstamm may be able to showcase their last year’s student display board. Look for full Conference programs in the mail soon.

Posted by Marcella Sherfy on 09/15 at 10:12 AM
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